Tuesday, September 16, 2003

A Tax On People Who Are Bad At Math

Apparently one of my neighbors has been having some trouble with their morning paper...

I don't really have anything interesting to say about this, but I thought the sign was amusing, so I had to share it with the internet ;-)


  1. No, it was not me.
    I don't buy lottery tickets.
    I have better things to do with a dollar, like burning it, or turning it into a paper airplane and throwing it off a tall building into a crowd, or practically anything else other than spending it on a lottery ticket.

  2. I heartily agree with Garrett.
    Your odds of winning the lottery are so bad that you may as well not play. Youve all heard the analogy about how your odds of winning the lottery are about the same as your odds of being struck by lightning? Well, that analogy is incorrect. In point of fact, your odds of winning the lottery are about the same as being struck by lightning twice. In other words, you are twice as likely to be struck by lightning as you are to win the lottery. How many people do you know that have been struck by lightning even once? Not too many, Id warrant.
    Let me put it to you another way: Statistical analysis shows an interesting fact about the odds of winning the lottery. It shows that the odds of any given person winning the lottery without buying a ticket are almost as good as the odds of someone who does. In other words, I am almost as likely to win the lottery without a ticket as you are to win it after having purchased one. Not only that, but Ive saved a dollar, which, over time, I can save and spend on something more constructive.
    Folks, if youre going to gamble, save that dollar towards a trip to Vegas. Youre much more likely to come away with something, and its bound to be more interesting than hanging around the office looking at photocopied lottery tickets hanging forlornly on a bulletin board somewhere.
    But, hey, its your money. I just hate it when people try to give me a guilt trip for not throwing away money in the office lottery pool.
    As a final point, consider this: Do you really think that winning the lottery is going to improve your life? Rich people may not have the same problems as other people, but they still have problems, and let me tell you: its a proven fact that rich peoples problems are much more intense in nature than other peoples. Personally, I can do without the headache. Ive got enough problems as it is.

  3. Lottery may be a tax on those who aren't good at math, but considering the possible return on investment one would be stupid not to play.